Racehorse vet John Gray died on 19 September, aged 87.
John qualified as a vet in 1947 and looked after the horses of Gerald Balding and Peter Hastings-Bass during his time in Lambourn.
After a spell as vet at Perth racecourse, he moved to Kenya attending to racehorses and the occasional elephant.
In the mid-1970s, he returned to England and became manager of the Sussex Stud, then Lockinge Stud, before starting a practice in partnership with Barry Park.
His expertise on tendon injuries was legendary and he became known as “the man with X-ray hands“.
He also hunted with the Old Berks and rode several point-to-point winners. John is survived by his wife Mo. Any donations to be made to the Injured Jockeys Fund.
This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (11 October 2012)